Board of Directors

  Jacqueline Adams (Phoenix) was born in New Orleans, lived in Germany as part of a military family and finished school in California. Throughout her life, she has been standing up for working families. She has held leadership positions around the country.  Most recently, Jacqueline was hired as the Director of Operations and Volunteer Coordinator for the Arizona Democratic Party.  But she is not new to most of us!  For the last five years, we have been lucky enough to benefit from her gifts as a precinct committee person, a state committee person and an extraordinary volunteer.  She has won volunteer of the year twice as well as the Power Award from Organizing For America.
Jessica Brandt (Tucson) is a full time mother with three kids. She has her bachelors in Psychology from the U of A and her Masters in Social Work from ASU. Before becoming a full time mom, she worked at Southern Arizona Red Cross in the Health and Safety Department then opened a business which she ran for five years. She has been a lifelong Democrat and feminist.
Andrea Gerlak (Tucson) is the Director of Academic Development for the International Studies Association and Environmental Policy Faculty Associate with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona.  Since earning a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Political Science, she has been on the faculty of Columbia University and Guilford College. She has published widely on environmental and natural resource policy issues.  Originally from the east coast, Andrea lives in Tucson with her husband and two young children.
Pam Grissom (Tucson) is the Chairperson of the Board and one of the founders of Arizona List. Pam is a native Tucsonan. She was the first woman on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club and Junior Achievement. She was an original member of the Women’s Studies Advisory Council at the U of A and works on the community board of Women in Science and Engineering.
Renee Morton (Tucson) is a Tucson business woman who owns and operates Homestyle Galleries, Southern Arizona’s largest consignment with- new furniture showrooms. Renee earned a B.A. from Smith College before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania where she received a M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies. Renee also has a J.D. from the University of Arizona. Renee has taught History at Pima College, managed a county supervisor campaign, and published a Tucson shopping guide. She also practiced law in the juvenile court system in Tucson. Renee is a dedicated community activist, who has served on many local boards including twenty years with Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, ten years with the Beacon Group, and fifteen years with the Jewish History Museum.
  Deyanira Nevarez (Tucson) grew up in San Luis, AZ. Her parents were both immigrant farm workers, and themselves the children of Mexican farm workers. Nevarez and her family continued to live in migrant camps until she was 12. She came to Tucson in 2004 to attend the University of Arizona. She quickly fell in love with Tucson’s warm embrace of its multicultural past.  She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a degree in political science and Latin American studies.  In her senior year she got an internship with Congressman Raúl Grijalva, and upon graduation in 2008 began working for his campaign.  In September, 2010, Nevarez moved over to spearhead the campaign to fight HB 2281. Deyanira sits on several boards and tries to be as active as possible in the community. She is the Secretary of Arizona List, the First Vice-Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party, the Vice-Chair of Las Adelitas Arizona and also sits on the YWCA board of Directors.
Donna Gratehouse (Phoenix) was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Silver Spring, MD. After serving in the Navy for 10 years, she arrived in Arizona in 1997. Donna first got involved in Arizona politics in early 2004, on the John Kerry campaign. She went on to run for State Senate in 2006 and was elected 2nd Vice Chair of the Maricopa Democratic Party in 2009. Donna writes for the Democratic Diva blog and the AFL-CIO. She’s elated to be on the Arizona List Board and looks forward to helping great pro-choice Democratic women get elected in Arizona.